Fernandina Beach by Daron Dean
Fernandina Beach centers around Centre Street. The popular downtown historic district includes everything from shopping and sipping (don’t miss the Palace Saloon, the state’s oldest continuously operated drinking establishment) to delicious dining (it is home of the modern shrimping industry after all). The Amelia Island Museum of History outlines the area’s past, including the fact that Fernandina is the only site in the U.S. to have been under eight flags (among them, France, Britain, Spain and Mexico). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village has a distinctively Victorian feel, thanks to the beautiful homes dating back to the late 19th century. Adding to the town’s historical cachet is Fort Clinch State Park. The pentagonal brick fort was home to blockade runners in the Civil War and was used briefly during the Spanish-American War.